Latest from CASCW

Over the summer we are continuing to post about summer field placements on our Field Notes blog.Read Field Notes
We recently added 4 new online modules covering disability and child maltreatment, crossover youth, parental incarceration, & data integration.View the modules
Educational Outcomes for Children Participating in Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) describes an evaluation of the tutoring & mentoring program ACES.View the brief

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The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) brings the University of Minnesota together with county, tribal, state, and community social services in a partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and families involved with public child welfare.

CASCW was established in 1992 with federal Title IV-E funding and a grant from the Bush Foundation. Substantial funding for CASCW continues to come from federal Title IV-E funds, awarded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, as well as support from the University of Minnesota, the College of Education and Human Development, and the School of Social Work.

To improve the well-being of children and families who are involved in the child welfare system by: educating human service professionals, fostering collaboration across systems and disciplines, informing policy makers and the public, and expanding the child welfare knowledge base.

CASCW fulfills its mission by focusing its efforts around three primary areas: Professional Education, Outreach, and Research & Evaluation.

  • All children deserve competent and effective child welfare services to promote safety, well-being and permanency.
  • Effective child welfare workers require continual professional development that is financially, geographically and culturally accessible.
  • Effective child welfare training, education, policy and evaluation is multidisciplinary, multicultural and collaborative in nature.
  • Child welfare evaluation informs policy and practice resulting in better outcomes for children and families.
  • Policy makers and the public make effective decisions when provided with current, relevant, and accurate child welfare information.
CASCW’s Outreach activities connect child welfare stakeholders in Minnesota to dynamic, relevant, accessible, research-informed practice and policy resources and trainings. We produce a variety of training events and publications that bridge the worlds of research, policy, and practice, bringing the latest information to students, administrators, policymakers, and practitioners working directly with children and families.
Professional Education encompasses the Center’s work with Title IV-E students and additional academic opportunities for current practitioners. We are committed to supporting students and professionals dedicated to working in the public or tribal child welfare workforce through the distribution of Title IV-E stipends and through the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Program (PACC).
CASCW identifies knowledge gaps through engagement of our stakeholders and conducts meaningful, high-quality research in order to advance the field of child welfare. We disseminate information from policy and practice relevant research undertaken by faculty, staff, and graduate students across the University of Minnesota through web publications, peer-reviewed journal articles, and online modules.